by Brian Rust
(from the liner notes of Jazz In Saint Louis 1924 - 1927 on Timeless Records)
Here we have the mysterious little group labelled St. Louis Levee Band. All that is certain about it is that the pianist and presumably leader was Jelly Roll Morton, who also composed the only title issued (and whose name was spelt 'Martin' on the label). Soap Suds was later recorded under the name of Fickle Fay Creep, a rather more musicianly affair; in this St. Louis recording there are several instances of what sound like amateur players. Were they picked up by the peripatetic Mr. Morton on one of his travels - and is their substandard work one reason why his name is not given on the label - and why the side was not issued for nine months, and whatever else was made at the session was never issued at all? Despite this, there is a certain charm about the lone side by the St. Louis Levee Band. The truth may never be known.

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Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Soap Suds
(Jelly Roll Morton)
6-21-1926 St. Louis, Missouri Okeh 8404-B
Artist Instrument
Jelly Roll Morton Piano, Leader
Others unknown Cornet, Trombone, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone